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Terroir al Límit L’Arbossar 2015

Huber's cooler fresher version of his 1er Cru equivalent Cariñena or Carignan has a ridiculous perfume & teases your senses!

The first time I had Dominik’s wines I was blown away by the sophistication, harmony, elegance and texture of the wines. the wine of L’Arbossar was perhaps my favourite. Such beauty is rare.

Dominik’s background as a Chef, perhaps his German ancestory and definitely his drive to make great wine appears to have lead to the perfect balance between art and science.

L’Arbossar is a steep, north-facing vineyard near the village of Torroja where Dominik farms parcel of 90 year old Carinyena on schist and granite soils. Against conventional wisdom at the time L’Arbossar was planted on the cooler, north-facing slopes of Torroja and it was this Cariñena site that informed much of Huber’s early experience with the terroir of Priorat. As Luis Gutiérrez confirms it’s always a ‘fresher and more floral style’ than the corresponding wine from south facing slopes, Dits Del Terra. Both wines are made in the same fashion; 100% whole bunch vinification with wild yeasts and raised for 16-18 months in Stockinger foudre.

$164.00
$157ea in any 3+, $150ea in any 6+

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

All his wines have great balance, intensity, delicacy, poise and harmony. They are great expressions of site and old vines. His two top wines just amp all of this up to new levels. There’s a refinement to the texture and somehow extra layers to both the palate and intoxicating scent. These are not overripe, over oaked, clumsy Priorats, their sophistication is closer to great Burgundy or Barolo.

Take some time to watch our Wine Decoded session with Dominik and read more about his vineyards and wine in our Wine Bites Mag Article“Cutting Edge Priorat from Dominik Huber’s Terroir al Límit”

He’s making “Natural” wine, apply technique, science and detail to ensure his wines are the best they can be at any given point as he strives to make them better. Disdain, is perhaps, a nice way to describe his feelings for “lazy” natural winemakers who don’t put in the work & make bad wine. No, Brett is not accepted in his wines and hygiene is important. Yes, analysis is used to determine the status of wines and make informed decisions.

Simple, healthy environment, results in healthy vital and vibrant grapes that are just desperate to be turned into delicious wine.

Like all of the great wine producers, there is a strong focus on the vineyard. This is matched by the desire to make wine that is the perfect accompaniment to the region Catalan cuisine, heavy on seafood, often simple, always tasted, typically not made from the prime ingredients, as the Italian’s say, Cucina Povera or poor people’s food.

 

95 Points

"The old-vine Cariñena 2015 Arbossar has a distinct note of licorice that grows in the glass. By working the vineyard with compost, they have managed to increase yields around 15%, and they feel the grapes achieve better balance, which is very difficult to see in the very poor llicorella slate soils that have almost no organic matter. It's a north-facing slope planted some 90 years ago, and the grapes are very concentrated, so it's a challenge to achieve a floral and fresh Cariñena like this, with notes of blue fruit and violets, quite different from the majority of Cariñena from Priorat. There is no heat at all; it's a cool vineyard, and that freshness is translated into the wine and is especially noticeable in a warm and ripe year like 2015. Superb showing for the Arbossar--it has to be one of the best vintages ever."

Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #236

95 Points

Brilliant violet color. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruits, Moroccan spices, candied licorice, espresso and smoky minerals, with a sexy floral nuance emerging as the wine stretches out. Appealingly sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated yet lively raspberry liqueur, boysenberry lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that are sharpened by a hint of white pepper on the back half. Harmonious tannins build slowly on a strikingly long, mineral- and floral driven finish that shows outstanding definition and vibrant lift.

Josh Raynolds , Vinous

96 Points

Amazingly vivid cherries, wild herbs and licorice. Stunning texture on the palate, thanks to the great tannins that make it leap and bound over the palate. The finish is devastatingly fresh and mineral. Just beginning to reveal its depths. Drink or hold. Dec 2018

James Suckling

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Carrer Baixa de la Font, 12 Torroja del Priorat, Tarragona 43737 Spain

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